2 MEN, 4 GIRLS APPREHENDED IN MULTI-COUNTY CRIME SPREE
BIRMINGHAM – Police say two adult men and four teen girls are facing robbery charges after a crime spree across Jefferson and St. Clair counties.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department said that around 9:15 Thursday night, deputies responded to a robbery report in the Publix parking lot on Old Springville Road in Clay. Deputies said it was reported that a woman was robbed at gunpoint by two women as she walked to her car in the parking lot.
After taking the victim’s purse, deputies said the suspects fled in a gold Ford Expedition. The victim was not injured.
Deputies said the vehicle was spotted by Trussville Police on Chalkville Mountain Road heading toward Trussville, and the vehicle turned onto Interstate 59 North, where deputies and Trussville Police attempted to stop the vehicle. It fled north on the interstate to mile marker 155. The vehicle they were driving was later found to have been reported stolen.
Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies said Trussville Police, Argo Police, Springville Police and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the chase.
Deputies said six suspects left the vehicle and fled on foot. Four juvenile women were taken into custody, and search dogs were brought in to assist in searching for the other two.
The final suspects, a 21-year-old man and a 19-year-old man were found early this morning. All suspects were questioned by detectives, and Tamarius Oneil Smith, 21, and his brother Adam Demond Andrews, 19, were arrested and charged with first-degree robbery. They remain in the Jefferson County jail with bond set at $60,000.
The other four suspects, all teen girls ages 14 or 15, will be charged through Family Court.
All six suspects are believed to be responsible for robberies in Hueytown and Birmingham before they were caught.
Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian said the crime spree was thwarted thanks to great communication between law enforcement offices.